4Bed/3Bath,2 Master Cal-King enSuites, all beds comfy,100mbps, HomeTheater Bose
About Terry Puffer
As retiring teachers, we purchased this property in beautiful Emerald Island Resort. As parents we visited DisneyWorld every 2 years with our 2 children, and we wanted to offer a great opportunity to others to enjoy our experiences. I wish vacation homes were as popular then as they are now! We are just 3 miles to Animal Kingdom parking lot, 4 miles to Disney's Main Gate, and 20 minutes to Universal and SeaWorld.
Terry Puffer purchased this House in 2004
Why Terry Puffer chose
Emerald Island Resort is central Florida's premier vacation home destination. This is a gated and guarded community with night patrols throughout the resort. Recent improvements such as valet trash and recycle service, RF entrance cards, and enhanced security have made Emerald Island Resort one of the safest and most guest-friendly resort communities in the area. A noted travel website published an article that listed our game room as "One of the Best 10 Vacation Home amenities in the US." Since then, we have added more games. We decorated our walls with historical memorabilia of Walt and Mickey through the years. We planted a lot of tropical foliage around our pool and spa to make the area more private for our guests. Our beds are second to none. All have memory foam toppers to make the beds as comfortable as possible for our guests. One CalKing bed has a Comforaire adjustable mattress so guests can make their side of the bed as hard or soft as they want. As a retired HomeEc teacher, we upgraded our kitchen with granite, top-of-the-line appliances, free Keurig coffee, and just about every kitchen accessory you could want.
What makes this House unique
1. Game Room-- published that our game room was one of ten top vacation home amenities in the US. Since that award, we have added a Simpson's Pinball and a Shuffle Alley. Our Arcade machine plays over 6000 games with over 100 light pistol games, our driving game races around Alcatraz, our Shuffle Alley is awesome, our Simpsons Pinball Party is great fun, our Wii has games for the entire family, and our Pop-a-Shot will make you feel like Lebron. ALL games are set to FREE PLAY. 2. Pool and Spa with dual heating of solar and over-sized heat pump 3. Comfortable beds--memory foam in each and every bed to make for comfy sleeping 4. Endless hot water with our solar hot water system 5. 65' curved 4K-UHD TV Home Theater with Bose 6. 100mbps WiFi 7. Computer and Laser printer for business and boarding passes 8. PS2 or PS3, DVD Player, and LED TV in both twin bedrooms 9. 2 master bedrooms with ensuite, LED TV, DVD player 10. Vertical Cellular blinds--no more vertical blinds 11. Power reeling love seat with USB charging No worries about shopping, grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants--there is a bounty of these very close. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is just 3 minutes from Emerald Island's front gate. There you will find a high tech water park, a 12-screen state of the art theater, many restaurants, and shopping opportunities--all open to the public.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great property as well location
My family and I loved the home it was very welcoming the moment we walked threw door it was very clean the game room was exactly what we needed after deciding we wasn’t going to do any of the amusement parks and to sum it up we will definitely be staying at this property our next time which should be soon🤞
Awesome decor and nice location close to Disney. Everything was as stated in the description of the property. Everyone enjoyed the game room and pool. Would stay here again.
Great vacation home!
I was very impressed with the attention to detail that was put into making sure this home was truly a "home away from home". My whole family enjoyed all the amenities this home provided. The location is great and is an easy commute to Disney! I highly recommend this home and plan on returning in the future!
Best vacation we ever took!
We wanted a vacation that was partly relaxing and partly centered around Disney. This lovely home allowed us to experience both. We enjoyed Disneyland and taking our three kids and Grandparents along. We savored the days spent at Tropical Retreat as well. The kids loved the pool (one actually learned to swim), I (mom) actually finished a book on vacation, and we spent lots of time playing a variety of games in the game room. We also enjoyed the playground close by. You can’t best the layout of this home and we are already talking about renting this home again in a couple years.
Thanks for providing a place we can make memories that will last us a lifetime.
The only thing I would suggest is t0 buy some extra toilet paper (some is provided) as well as salt and pepper. Other than that we didn’t have any suggestions. Thanks again!
Thank you for writing a review for us. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. That is very important to us. As we state in your final papers, we only supply a starter set of disposal items, but with all the information we send, that could be easily overlooked. I apologize for the confusion. We look forward to your return.
Great location, clean, and comfortable. Lots of attention to detail was put into this home. The pool and hot tub were nice. Beds were comfortable. Lots of entertainment options with board games, electronic games, movies, and arcade attractions. A nice large grill was provided although we didn’t use it. Awesome laundry facilities. A few adorable tiny lizards found their way into the screened pool area but they are harmless and stayed away from people. In fact in spite of a few small tears in the screen there were no issues with bugs at all. Size-wise this would be perfect for two small families to share very comfortably. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because some of the arcade games were either not working at all or had some issues. We contacted the owner who responded immediately and said parts were on order and everything should be back working very soon. If we were coming back to the area I would stay there again.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. There were 2 games under repair--both needed parts that had to be ordered. We are presently working on converting the original games to digital to improve performance and reliability for our guests. We have a game repair person who lives close by and usually we can fix games same day. (It used to take weeks even months for a repair person) We provide a lot of game oppprtunities so that if one game is down, there are still several more to play. One of the biggest problems for us is that guests tend to report a problem at checkout--if they report problems when they discover them, we can address and fix most problems same day.
So happy we chose this house!
My family made the most amazing memories during our stay. Terry was wonderful to work with and the property was beyond amazing. My kids keep asking when we can go back! Thank you for having us!
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. We look forward to your return.
Tropical Retreat game room was named as one of ten best vacation home amenities in the US! Since that award, we have added a Simpsons Pinball and a Shuffle Alley!
65' Curved 4K-UHD TV in Living Room
Laser printer for business and boarding passes
Winner 2010 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee
Winner 2012 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee
You're going on a magical vacation--Don't you really want to stay in a very magical place! We combine the the magic of DisneyWorld with the comfort and convenience of Tropical Retreat to ensure each and every guest has the best vacation experience of their lives.
Tropical Retreat is just 2.6 miles from DisneyWorld in Emerald Island Resort. We want our guests to experience the very best a vacation home has to offer. We provide an awesome game room, pool, spa, comfortable beds--really comfortable beds, 2 masters with ensuite baths, 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds highly themed to delight every child.
Our philosophy is simple: We do everything we can to ensure our guests have a great vacation. We gladly answer your questions, reply promptly to your emails, and respond to your phone calls. We not only provide our guests with a great place to stay, but we also provide our guests with tips, tricks, and money-saving suggestions that can make your vacation even more magical.
for pool heat (some charge $30+ extra per night)
for spa heat (some charge extra for spa heat)
for BBQ propane (Some charge extra for propane)
for WiFi (Some charge extra for WiFi…if they have it)
for our desktop computer (Most do not offer a desktop computer)
for arcade games (Others may not even have a game room)
for cleaning fees (Others may charge an extra $70-$100)
for our Simpsons Pinball Party
for our Computer
for our Keurig Coffee Bar with K-Kups
for our in-house safe
for our laser printer
We invite you to checkout the features, comfort, conveniences, fun, security, and excitement we provide our guests.
Just look at the amenities we offer our guests:
New 4K-Ultra High Def TV
New Simpsons Pinball Party--set on Free Play
New Shuffle Alley--set on free play
New Pop-a-Shot basketball game
Tropical Retreat Arcade--over 1000 arcade games set for Free Play
Our SF Rush sit-down Arcade Driving Game set for Free Play
All new high-end appliances and new cookware in kitchen!
Pool/Spa State-of-the-Art Heater hybrid system with Solar
Color-Themed Carpeting in all bedrooms (100% recycled materials)
LED LCD TV's in all bedrooms
Frieze Carpeting in the Living & Dining Rooms (100% recycled materials)
Ceramic Tile in Nook, Hall, Kitchen, and Baths
Granite kitchen countertops
Leather Sectional with Full-sized Sofa Bed and Reclining Love Seats
Tropical Coffee Table and media stand in Living Room
Tropical Retreat’s Keurig Coffee Bar with Your Favorite Gourmet Coffees
Solar Hot Water System (to better protect our environment and provide more hot water for our guests)
Solar Pool Heating System (to better protect our environment and provide our guests with a warmer pool and spa)
Intelliflo High-Efficiency Pool Pump
Space-Saver High Chairs
Color Video Baby Monitoring Systems--Interference-Free
Top 10 Vacation Home Amenities in the US (Game Room)
Joovy Ultralight Caboose Sit & Stand Stroller
Joovy Cboose Stroller
Visco Memory Foam Mattress Toppers on Every Bed—Even the SofaBed
Free Local, State, National, and International Long Distance
Improved activities in the clubhouse--even massage!
Our Mission is to provide a safe, convenient, comfortable vacation home with luxurious features and unequaled amenities so that our guests have the best vacation of their lives, they return, and they tell their friends.We take pride in providing our guests with the highest value for their vacation dollar. Our home, named Tropical Retreat for its lavish tropical decorations, is located in the prestigious resort community of Emerald Island Resort.
You're going to have a great vacation!